What Is Slip Solution?

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Did you get a PolyGel nail kit and want to know more about its various components? 

Slip solution is one of the essential components in a PolyGel kit. 

It also makes PolyGel nails unique because no other nail applications use substances like slip solution.

Below, we discuss the PolyGel slip solution and why you need it for PolyGel nails. 

We also give tips on using slip solution and its alternatives if you run out.

What is Slip Solution for PolyGel?

When you use PolyGel, you’ll notice it has a very thick and sticky consistency. 

Slip solution is the chemical that thins down the consistency of PolyGel. It makes Polygel easier to manipulate and apply more smoothly.

It also reduces the adhesion of PolyGel. It is what breaks the bond between the nail plate and polymer gel.

Another characteristic of slip solution is that it doesn’t have a harsh or toxic odor. 

Some slip solutions from some brands even have a light and fragrant smell.

However, slip solution does not harden or cure PolyGel nails. 

Only UV or LED light can cure and harden PolyGel nails.

So, what is the PolyGel slip solution made of if it can only soften PolyGel and reduce its adhesion for a short time?

The main ingredients in a slip solution are Isopropyl Alcohol and Isobutyl Acetate. 

The exact ingredients in slip solution vary between the brands.

Do you need Slip Solution for PolyGel?

Yes, slip solution is necessary if you want an excellent PolyGel application. 

Ideally, it would be best to use the slip solution that arrives with the rest of the PolyGel kit.

However, we understand that your slip solution can run out faster than PolyGel. 

You might be the type of person who uses slip solution generously when applying PolyGel nails. 

Sometimes, accidents also happen and slip solutions can spill.

The good news is that the slip solution also has some alternatives, discussed further below.

What Is the Best Slip Solution Alternative?

You likely already have a good guess for a slip solution in mind. 

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that one of its main ingredients is isopropyl alcohol.

Rubbing alcohol also uses isopropyl alcohol as its main component. 

Thus, you can use rubbing alcohol as a slip solution alternative. 

Rubbing alcohol with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol concentration is the best choice. 

You can get rubbing alcohol with a stronger concentration, but too much can damage the PolyGel.

Another alternative used for PolyGel nail applications is a gel base coat. 

It is the clear and watery liquid used for gel base coat applications. 

PolyGel slip solution and gel base coat share some components, making the latter a good alternative. 

Use the gel base coat as you’d use slip solution.

Can you use nail polish remover as slip solution? T

he answer is yes, but you must only use acetone free nail polish remover. 

However, ensure that you only use nail polish remover as a last option.

Nail polish remover can be too harsh for PolyGel nails. 

It may even reduce your PolyGel nails’ lifespan. Instead of the ideal three weeks that your PolylGel nails remain on your hands, they might pop off prematurely.

Things You Can’t Use as a Slip Solution Alternative

Don’t use acetone. 

The reason why you can’t use acetone for your PolyGel nails is that it breaks down PolyGel. 

You’ll end up with more faded-looking and weaker PolyGel nails. 

In short, your PolyGel nails have a more significant risk of chipping and or possibly lifting if you use acetone as a slip solution alternative.

Some women prefer hand sanitizer to disinfect their hands instead of rubbing alcohol. 

While hand sanitizer works well as a rubbing alcohol alternative, it won’t do well as a slip solution alternative. 

Hand sanitizer already has too many additives.

These extra components include oils, gel, and others. 

They can impact the chemical nature of your PolyGel nails, which will weaken them. 

They can also keep your PolyGel nails from curing properly.

In the same vein, water is not a good alternative for slip.

Remember, the substances that you can use for slip solution substitutes need to:

  • Evaporate quickly to keep from affecting the PolyGel formula.
  • Blend seamlessly with the PolyGel formula, like a gel base coat.

Water doesn’t have either of the two characteristics, so it will never make a good slip solution alternative. 

It could even impede the curing of your PolyGel nails because it doesn’t evaporate as quickly as slip solution.

How to Use Slip Solution for PolyGel Nails

Now, you know what slip solution is. 

The next related question you likely have in mind revolves around how to use slip solution. 

Here is a quick guide on using slip solution, how much you need, and other tips.

Remember that slip solution makes PolyGel nails easier to form and less adhesive. 

Let’s say you’ve added your PolyGel to the surface of the nail, nail form, or nail tip. 

The next step is to dip your PolyGel brush in slip solution.

Like the slip solution, a PolyGel brush will be a part of the PolyGel kit or package. 

For the best results, use only the PolyGel brush.

Next, use the wet PolyGel brush to mold and work the PolyGel nail.

It should be easier to move the Polygel with the damp brush. 

You can even create complex shapes with the PolyGel with enough practice with the PolyGel brush.

Apply the top coat after the PolyGel nail is where you want it to be. 

Shape the nail before you cure it under an LED or UV lamp. 

The curing can last between 10 and 60 seconds, depending on the brand. 

Follow the instructions on the topcoat label.

Use the slip solution again to apply it on top of the nail. 

Doing this will remove the excess gel and smooth out the nail. 

Finally, cure the nail for a short time under the lamp, around 30 to 60 seconds.

Do you see any extra PolyGel still stuck onto the nail? Use a blow dryer, paper towel, or clean makeup brush to remove them.